Robotic Pool Cleaners - What Sets Them Above Other Pool Cleaners?

There’s so much to love about a swimming pool, fun, entertainment, fitness, and the list goes on. There’s only one thing not to love, you guessed it – pool cleaning! The good news is pool care is now easier than its ever been. With the help of a robotic pool cleaner, you can minimise the amount of physical effort required from you. What sets them apart, I hear you ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place because in this post we’ll explain all.


Do Robotic Pool Cleaners Work The Same As Other Pool Cleaners?

No, they don’t. Robotic cleaners differ from other pool cleaners, such as pressure-side cleaners and suction cleaners, as they work independently. Rather than relying on the pool’s circulation system, robotic cleaners use electricity to function. You may be thinking, electricity? They’ll be expensive! Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While they do depend on low voltage electricity, the amount that they consume is minuscule – about the same as a light globe.

The Cost Of A Robotic Pool Cleaner

For an entry-level robotic cleaner, you’re looking at around the $600 mark, and for a top-of-the-line version, they are around $4,000. The price can waver greatly depending on the type you choose.

What Makes Robotic Cleaners Better Than Their Counterparts?

Many things! Here is a list of the benefits robotic cleaners offer over their counterparts:

Save Water

Other pool cleaners aren’t as effective as robotic cleaners, and they’ll often leave behind large particles of dirt. These then block the pools filter. To shift them, you’ll need to backwash the filter. This process, while effective, wastes a lot of water. As the robotic cleaner can pick up these particles before they reach the filter, the need to backwash is drastically reduced, and in turn, so is your water consumption.

Lessen Pool Care

Why spend your free time cleaning the pool when you don’t have to? A robotic pool cleaner can help you be as hand free as possible without having to compromise on the quality of your water. The freedom that a robotic cleaner can offer is one of the many reasons why pool owners invest in one.

More eco-friendly

Old school pools and equipment are notorious for chewing electricity. Robotic cleaners use far less energy compared to other cleaners allowing you to be greener.

Fewer Chemicals Needed

To keep your pool hygienic and swim-ready, it needs to be properly balanced using the correct doses of pool chemicals. Robotic cleaners scour the entirety of your pool, picking up and scrubbing everything in its path. As the water is kept so scrupulously clean, having to add high doses of chemicals to the pool to rectify water issues becomes a thing of the past, well it’s drastically reduced at the very least. This makes your pool safe to swim in, and it lowers your pools carbon footprint.

Unparalleled Cleaning

Robotic cleaners can move into tight corners, and right up to the waterline, other cleaners cannot do this. It’s not only its manoeuvrability that sets robotic cleaners apart but their ability to pick up pollutants that normally go undetected by other cleaners. Here are some of the impurities they can filter out from the water:

  • Bacteria
  • Twigs
  • Algae
  • Urine
  • Chemicals
  • Skin creams, lotions, and oils
  • Sweat
  • Leaves
  • Pollen

Can Save Money

When your pool is using fewer chemicals, less water and electricity, this results in lower running costs. Over the years, this can save you a lot of money.

What To Look For In A Robotic Cleaner

Premium Grip

Robotic cleaners climb up walls and onto steps, and to do this effectively, they need to have great traction. Without it, they’ll slide down and struggle to complete the job as they should. Look for 4WD, big rollers or caterpillar tracks.


A robotic cleaner that has intelligence can recognise the navigation path around your pool to give it a detailed clean in a fraction of the time. Cleaners without intelligence can still do a good job of cleaning the pool however, instead of having a set path, it’ll clean the pool at random. To make life easier, smart technology compatibility is another feature to look for.

Water Emptying Capabilities

To keep your robotic cleaner in optimal working order for as long as possible, you should remove it from the pool when it’s not being used. This prevents the sun and pool chemicals from prematurely damaging it. They can be heavy to lift out if they don’t have water emptying capabilities, so to save your back, look for this when making your choice. It effectively shoots water out of the device as you lift it out.

A Large Bag Capacity

A bigger collection bag can accumulate more debris before it needs to be emptied. This means you can leave your cleaner for longer between cleans.

Superior Cleaning Proficiency

The better your robotic cleaner cleans the pool, the better your water quality will be. Always opt for a device that has superior cleaning proficiency. While it may be a bit more expensive up front, the long-term savings make it worth the additional cost.

We hope this post has given you an insight into robotic cleaners and why they are a standout choice. If you’re looking for a robotic cleaner for your pool, make sure you do your research first to ensure you are getting a quality machine that’s going to do a good job.

Our team here at Barrier Reef Pools specialise in showstopping fibreglass pools and can answer any questions you may have about robotic cleaners or anything pool related for that matter.

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